1877, Belgium. Leopold II. Gold 20 Francs Coin. 6.42gm!

1877, Belgium. Leopold II. Gold 20 Francs Coin. 6.42gm! 1877, Belgium. Leopold II. Gold 20 Francs Coin. 6.42gm! Condition: XF+ Mint Year: 1877 Reference: KM-37. Engraver: Leopold Wiener Denomination: 20 Francs Material: Gold (.900) Diameter:
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1877, Belgium. Leopold II. Gold 20 Francs Coin. 6.42gm!

1877, Belgium. Leopold II. Gold 20 Francs Coin. 6.42gm!

Condition: XF+
Mint Year: 1877
Reference: KM-37.
Engraver: Leopold Wiener
Denomination: 20 Francs
Material: Gold (.900)
Diameter: 25mm
Weight: 6.42gm

Obverse: Bearded head of Leopold II right. Engraver´s intials (L.W.) below.

Reverse: Crowned coat of arms with lion inside order collar.


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Leopold II (French: Léopold Louis Philippe Marie Victor, Dutch: Leopold Lodewijk Filips Maria Victor) (9 April 1835 – 17 December 1909) was King of the Belgians. Born the second (but eldest surviving) son of Leopold I, he succeeded his father to the throne in 1865 and remained king until his death. He was the brother of Empress Carlota of Mexico and first cousin to Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom. The regime of the Leopold's African colony, the Congo Free State, became one of the more infamous international scandals of the turn of the century. The famous 1904 report by the British Consul Roger Casement led to the arrest and punishment of white officials who had been responsible for cold-blooded killings during a rubber-collecting expedition in 1903 (including one Belgian national for causing the shooting of at least 122 Congolese people). Outside Belgium, he is chiefly remembered as the founder and sole owner of the Congo Free State, a private project undertaken by the King. The state included the entire area now known as the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He ran the Congo as his personal fiefdom; for him it was a business venture. A friend of Henry Morton Stanley, he used Stanley to help him lay claim to the territory he called Congo. Leopold thought of himself as an astute businessman and he once spent a week in Seville studying Spanish records of their trade with their Latin American colonies.


Condition: XF!
Mint period: 1602-1780
Region: East India (Dutch)
Denomination: Gold Fanam (4 1/2 Stuivers)
Material: Gold!
Diameter: 7mm
Weight: 0.4gm

At your attention a nice pure gold fanam coin, a type which is known to be issued in cochin (east india), by the colonial government of the Dutch East India Company. Unlike the Madras Presidency examples (English Colonies), which were issued in silver, the dutch fanam was issued in gold. Initially valued at 5 stuivers, the denomination was plagued by counterfeits and was often rejected by merchents, which led to a de-valuation to 4 1/2 stuivers. These coins have numerous variations and each coin seems to be unique!

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The Dutch East India Company (Vereenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie or VOC in Dutch, literally "United East Indian Company") was a trading company, which was established in 1602, when the States-General of the Netherlands granted it a 21-year monopoly to carry out colonial activities in Asia. It was the first multinational corporation in the world and the first company to issue stock. It was also arguably the world's first megacorporation, possessing quasi-governmental powers, including the ability to wage war, negotiate treaties, coin money, and establish colonies.

The Dutch East India Company remained an important trading concern for almost two centuries, paying an 18% annual dividend for almost 200 years. In its declining years in the late 18th century it was referred to as Vergaan Onder Corruptie which translates as 'Perished By Corruption'. The VOC became bankrupt and was formally dissolved in 1800, its possessions and the debt being taken over by the government of the Dutch Batavian Republic. The VOC's territories became the Dutch East Indies and were expanded over the course of the 19th century to include the whole of the Indonesian archipelago, and in the 20th century would form Indonesia

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